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Lai-King Hum
Principal, Senior Lawyer

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(Feb 24, 2017 – Toronto) – Hum Law Firm is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Lai King Hum to the Board of Directors of the Toronto Chinese Business Association.

“I look forward to working with business colleagues in the growing Toronto Chinese community.” says Lai King Hum principal of Hum Law Firm. “As we see the success and prosperity of the Canadian Chinese business community the need for sound Employment Law advice grows.  We pride ourselves on being able to work with clients whose language is Mandarin, Cantonese or Toisan. As a member of the board I want to bring my passion and dedication to growing our organization.”

After many years of practise at top-tier national firms in Montreal and Toronto, in April 2014, Lai-King Hum, founded Hum Law Firm, a boutique two-lawyer employment law/human rights firm in downtown Toronto.  Lai also practices in the areas of administrative law and litigation.

Lai provides her expertise to businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals for matters across Canada.  She writes and presents in these areas, as well as leadership and diversity, and has appeared in various levels of court and tribunals.  Licensed as a lawyer in both the Ontario Bar and Quebec Bar, she offers legal services in English and French for employers and employees seeking Workplace and Employment Law advice. She also speaks conversational Mandarin and Toisin Chinese dialects.

Lai is also a member of ADR Ontario, and offers mediation in English and French for workplace disputes and employment law matters.

As of June 2015, Lai became National President of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, and in March 2015, she became Chair of the Roundtable of Diversity Associations (a coalition of equity seeking legal associations in Toronto).  Lai is also active at the Ontario Bar Association as an Executive of the Small, Solo and General Practice Forum, and in her local community as past President of the CityPlace Residents’ Association.

Publications

Uber and Toronto Dominion: How Toxic Culture Can Cost Billions – March 30, 2017

“You are not a good fit for us” – expert evidence and systemic discrimination in the workplace

“Should I stay or should I go?” – and other mitigation questions – Six Minutes Employment Lawyer – May 4, 2016

Taking a Closer Look at Human Rights Commission Policy Directives: Policy on removing the “Canadian experience” barrier and Policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions – Ontario Bar Association 2015 Annual Update on Human Rights – May 29, 2015

Taking a Closer Look at Human Rights Commission Policy Directives: Policy on removing the “Canadian experience” barrier and Policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions – Originally appeared in McMillan LLP August 2013 employment and labour relations bulletin, as well as Lexology and Mondaq – August 2013

“Canadian experience required”: prohibited discrimination or being discriminating about standards? – Originally appeared in McMillan LLP August 2013 employment and labour relations bulletin, as well as Lexology and Mondaq – August 2013

“Will work for free!”: employers, beware of offers of free work by unpaid interns – Originally appeared in McMillan LLP employment and labour bulletin, as well as Lexology and Mondaq – July 2013

Doing business in Canada: some key differences in employment and labo(u)r law in Canada and U.S. – Originally appeared in McMillan LLP employment and labour bulletin, as well as Lexology, Mondaq and Terralex – May 2012

Universities accommodation of anxiety disorder – Originally appeared in McMillan LLP employment and labour bulletin – March 2012

Seven-year recap: “psychological harassment” in Quebec – Originally appeared in McMillan’s employment and labour bulletin – November 2011

Suspect your employee is using drugs or drinking? – Originally appeared in McMillan’s employment and labour bulletin – George Waggott, Lai-King Hum, Annik Forristal – November 2011

Workplace violence and harassment, understanding the requirements of Bill 168 – Originally appeared in McMillan’s employment and labour bulletin – George Waggott, Lai-King Hum -May 2010

Avoiding constructive dismissal claims – Originally appeared in the Lang Michener LLP InBrief Summer 2009.

Fixed-term employment contracts and the obligation to mitigate – Originally appeared in Lang Michener LLP InBrief, and Lexology and Martindale.com Legal Library – Fall 2008